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Face-to-Face: NPM #14

Sometimes a photo holds a story–or wants to be a poem. This one that I took over the weekend keeps speaking to me. I’m not sure yet whether this is the story or poem it wants to be…but maybe it is a start.

Face-to-Face

In the slippery world of the sea

sea lion barks and seagull screeches

complex conversations

like those you have

with your father

about politics, where you’ll 

never

reach agreement

or with your sons

about their diametrically opposed choices

for a family car

A face-off, face-to-face, FaceTime, about face

familiar faces

we recognize beyond seeing

contours engraved in the mind

connections beyond confrontation

Love that is the warm salty 

blood that runs through your veins

the briny fluid that feels like home

where life began

splashing, swimming

One slides onto the rocky shore, the other

swoops down from above

joined by

difference

joined by connection

joined by

the slippery world of the sea

®Douillard

Finding Faces: Day 28

Some days I make games out of my photography.  To avoid taking the same photos over and over again, I challenge myself to look for letters of the alphabet, a particular color or item…and faces.  Today a face grabbed my attention…and got me thinking about today’s poem.

Finding Faces

 

Take a look around

and find

a smile

grinning up from a patch of grass

Look at the sliding door

and find a face staring back

The cliff suddenly comes to life

watching you walk along the shore

unblinking eyes

look over the pier, the surfers, the seagulls

They’re all around

reflecting our expressions

mirroring our emotions

evoking

surprise

disgust

elation

look closely

and

you’ll find

faces

 

Douillard 2018

Today’s student poem is by Siena…a poem of apology inspired by William Carlos Williams.

Runaway Dog

 

Dear Jake,

I’m sorry for leaving the gate open and letting you escape to our neighbor’s house

I was so excited to go

But l just got carried away

Forgive me, l thought l lost you

But then

We found you

 

By Siena

What kind of poem will you play around with today?